There may have been a mix-up on whether a talk President Trump had Wednesday with White House reporters was supposed to be on the record.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Thursday dispatched a write-up from Trump’s trip in Paris that said the president had been under the impression that his talk with reporters on Wednesday was meant to be for publication.
“POTUS (president of the United States) asked your pooler why she didn’t use what he has said last night,” wrote Haberman, who is currently representing the White House press “pool” on the trip. “Your pooler reminded him last night was off the record. POTUS asked if I had heard him say it could be on-record; your pooler replied truthfully no (co-poolers also were not under impression it was on-record, since [White House deputy press secretary] Sarah Sanders had declared it off record).”
The pool dispatch from Trump’s talk indicated that the conversation with the president lasted about 70 minutes.
Haberman’s report said White House officials told her that a transcript with “excerpts” of Trump’s conversation with the reporters on Wednesday will be released soon.
Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, will sometimes request to talk with reporters under the condition that the conversation is not for publication.
Trump is currently in Paris as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.